Biography of Edward M. Jenkins
Columbiana County, OH

Edward M. Jenkins is one of the representative business men of Columbiana County, where he is connected with the nursery business of J. Jenkins & Son. He was born near Winona, in Columbiana County, May 8, 1889, and is the son of Joshua and Phoebe Ella (Whinnery) Jenkins.

J. Jenkins was born at Winona in 1842. He engaged in the grape growing business at Salem in 1864 in partnership with Dr. Dake, under whom he had previously studied medicine. Mr. Jenkins died May 15, 1924. He was actively engaged in the nursery business until the time of his death and was the author of the hand book, "Art of Propagation," several thousand copies of which were sold. He also invented several labor saving devices for nurserymen's use, including the "Jenkins Patent Transplanting Box." He was a member of the American Association of Nurserymen since 1880, and belonged to the Mutual Protective Association and the American Nurserymen's Protective Association. He was secretary of the American Forestry Association at the time John Warder was president of the association. J. Jenkins & Son is one of the oldest nurseries in the state of Ohio. They specialize in evergreen and seedling work, shrubbery and small fruits. The shipping point of the company is at Salem.

Joshua Jenkins was married first to Miss Rebecca Leeds of Philadelphia, who died shortly after their marriage, leaving a daughter, Mrs. Reba Elizabeth Lawson, of Long Island, N. Y. Mr. Jenkins later married Miss Phoebe Ella Whinnery and to them were born three children: Edith, married Lewis Herdle, lives at Greenford, Ohio; Francine, married Isaac N. Stanley; and Edward M., the subject of this sketch.

Edward M. Jenkins attended the public schools and later was a student at Mt. Union College and Ohio State University. He also attended Salem Business College and since 1910 has been interested in the large nursery business established by his father. He is at present president of the Ohio Nurserymen's Association.

On June 10, 1911, Mr. Jenkins was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Althouse, a native of Salem, Ohio. They have no children.

Mr. Jenkins is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Masonic Lodge. He is an excellent citizen of the community.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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